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Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

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- Excellent Ngorongoro Crater location
- Maasai village visits
- Guided walks
- Family friendly

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Lemala Ngorongoro is a high-quality tented camp on the rim of the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. The crater is one of the most impressive geological features in Africa with a great variety of landscapes and wildlife. Although its location on the northern side of the crater is the best in the area for weather, warm clothing is a must since adverse conditions are not uncommon at these altitudes.

The well-appointed main canvas mess tent houses separate lounge and dining areas and a central bar. Internet access and battery charging facilities are available in the communal areas and there is 24-hour solar-powered electricity.

The accommodation comprises 9 spacious and cosy tents in twin or double formation with winter weight duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with free-standing wash basin, flush toilet and large safari shower with luxurious, fluffy towels and bathrobes. Attentive staff provide hot water promptly on request and there is a laundry service.

Activities are centred on drives down into the Ngorongoro Crater. The camp’s location just below the main park gate makes for quick and easy access to the crater floor, giving guests the best chance of being first to arrive in the morning, a critical advantage when trying to avoid the potentially heavy traffic. Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, hippo and rhino are found year-round and birdlife is breath-taking. Note that animals are highly accustomed to vehicles which makes for good, if somewhat relaxed, sightings. Guided walks with park rangers are available (pre-booking essential), along with visits to a number of local Maasai villages.

Children over the age of 6 are welcome, with child rates applying to those aged 6-16. As with all camps in the Lemala portfolio, fun and educational activities are offered to keep children entertained and inform them about local conservation, culture, and wildlife. They might join the chefs in the kitchen, go on guided walks around camp or toast marshmallows on the camp fire. Note that the camp is unfenced and although there is no extreme risk, children must remain under parental supervision at all times.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is known for its friendly staff and good camp spirit. While the location's popularity means that lots of vehicles tend to congregate, it is still possible to avoid the crowds and ultimately nothing can detract from the spectacular beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and the enjoyment of a stay in this smart and comfortable camp.

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    MissingHardeep S reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 15 April 2024

  • I was also just about to email you to thank you and the team for arranging yet again, another wonderful experience.

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  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

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